sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 (Bottled) Very dark brown wih a medium head. Aroma of rye-puddingy malt, lavender, rosemary, anise, orange-peel, and a touch of alcohol. Malt-accented, rye-puddingy, slightly sweet flavor with light herbs, anise, low bitterness, and fully hidden alcohol. Medium-bodied, soft and neutral palate. Overall a very smoothly balanced, malty brew. Not the most complex, but enjoyable and tasty - especially for the ABV.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a large creamy head. Alot of the head remains and provides a very nice velvety palate. Aroma is mostly metallic. Flavor is hard to dissect but is a mix of mild dark fruit, tea, and cola. Something , I assume the carbonation or the alcohol, creates a tingle on the tongue that keeps the flavor lively. Nice beer if you take the metal out of the aroma it would be even better.
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
St Bernardus makes great beers. This one is not as powerfull as Abt. 12, but the aromas and flavors is the same. Lots of bread.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with small head. Sweet nutty smell with malt coming on as it warms. Taste is of raisins and nuts with a bread taste coming at the finish. A good brown ale.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is nutty not sure what else. pours redish brown with a offwhite head that slowly disapates. flavor is fruity with an essence of cloves. a pretty good belgan brown ale.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with smallish head. Sweet, fruity (figs, dates, plums), bitter chocolate. Better than their "prior"?
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange-brown body with a light tan colored head. some lacing. fruit, alcohol and yeast to the nose. malt and yeast to taste. flavor towards the finish reminds me of the taste of white bread.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raisin color. Top-notch caramel and toffee flavors. Port aroma. Soft woody middle. Sticky finish. Not the best St. Bernardus offering but I wouldn't turn it down.
Aurelius (4118) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was quite a step down from the Prior and the Tripel. Pretty well-balanced and very drinkable, but not a whole lot going on to distinguish it. Somehow lagerish, a bit thin. I wouldn't throw it out of bed for eating crackers.
PorterPounder (5471) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is not very present - detect small traces of mint for some reason. Tea colored pour with a good off-white head and good lacing. Carbonation is a bit too high on this one. Flavor has bitter elements but just kind of misses compared to the other St. Bernardus. Some spicy notes compliment it - but overall something is missing.